We arrived, got rest, and then seized the day. Well… I mostly seized the day. I am not ashamed to admit I had some difficulty with the con at first. TwitchCon is not my first, but it doesn’t matter how many cons I go to, they set off my anxiety. I was very surprised at how large this one was, that was slightly unexpected. In the early part of the day it was very hard for me to relax and enjoy.
Eventually I was able to relax and started to really enjoy it. I was pleased with some of the demos I got to check out, saw a panel, and the keynote was pretty amazing. I was surprised (and overjoyed) to check out Yooka-Laylee. This game is something that I have been waiting for for a rather long time. Banjo-Kazooie holds a special place in my heart. While my mother never allowed me to have a N64, it was the game that I played most often at my best friend’s house. The two of us spent more hours than I could even attempt to estimate on that game. Nuts and Bolts was rather soul crushing for me. It was to be the first time I could actually own my own Banjo game as it came out, and instead I got something different. I won’t rehash what is wrong with that game, just suffice it to I was let down. Yooka-Laylee won’t be the missing Banjo game in our world, but it is shaping up to be an enjoyable experience, and a next best thing.
I also got my hands on Tooth and Tail. I was pretty curious about the game and very excited to find out that they were going to be at TwitchCon. After the experiences I had today and I am beyond hype for it. I imagine this game will be making more appearances on this blog and a few on GNU.
I also got to meet a few people and was thrilled to do so. Most of my greetings were short and sweet, but it was a big step for me. Randomly introducing myself has proven to be more challenging than I thought. I had hoped that the connection I made via the computer screens would help ease me into meeting in the real world. I was disappointed to find that I reverted to my standard behavior and completely closed off. Ben helped me a great deal, and forced me out of my shell both with people I “knew” and entirely new people. One friend ended up being a treat to meet. Much like he is online he was nice, welcoming, and completely chill. We had lunch with him and talking about streaming a little.
There were a number of negative spots in the day. There were a lot of missed chances to network, and more than my fair share of being overly nervous. Tomorrow I want to challenge that. Ben and I made a better plan, and I want to fill my day completely. I also want to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone even more.
I have started to think of goals for my stream once I get home and back to it (I will probably need a rest day). My number one goal, consistency, consistency, consistency. My number two goal is to use the social media skills I learn, and to also be consistent with that.
I am hopeful that a number of these skills and goals will translate to helping my writing and sites as well.
On an entirely different note, the food that Ben and I have been eating has been amazing 😉